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Karen Thorburn

New Horizons

Karen Thorburn shares her personal perspective on St Kilda - Scotland's ultima thule. Half my lifetime ago, in 2002, I found myself on holiday with my parents, standing atop huge sand dunes overlooking a magnificent beach on the west coast of ...

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Delay for Carnach Bridge replacement

Early this year we updated our Cape Wrath Trail route description to reflect that Carnach Bridge near Sourlies had been condemned as unsafe to cross and removed. The river is frequently impossible to cross in spate conditions. Camusory Estate has been ...

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Building new toilet

New Corrour Bothy toilets open

One of Scotland's most remote but busiest bothies has just upgraded its much used toilet facilities, the Mountain Bothies Association tells the story here: "The toilet at Corrour Bothy was built by the MBA and opened in 2007, since when it ...

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Ben Dolphin

Lizards on Parade

Although I'm someone who enjoys photographing wildlife, I tend not to head out on walks actively looking for specific creatures in the kinds of places they're likely to be found. I much prefer the spontaneity, surprise and randomness that any ...

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Cameron McNeish

The Internet Warriors

I read a blog this week that saddened me, but didn't unduly surprise me. Iain Cameron regularly contributes to various strands of social media and has made something of a name for himself as Scotland's snow patch expert. Iain's contributions to ...

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Gear Review: Berghaus Womens Fast Hike Waterproof Jacket

RRP: £150 Weight: 200g (UK size 10) Mens version available I received this lightweight waterproof jacket just at the start of the longest rain-free period that the Scottish Highlands has experienced in my lifetime. So it sat in my rucksack walk after ...

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Linda Cracknell

Ullapool Hill and Far Beyond

Modest Ullapool Hill or Meall Mor (270 metres) beckoned on an early August day. I normally just have to open pink OS sheet 15, see the tightly packed contours of deep salmon pink contrasting against the pale spread of broken ...

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Karen Thorburn Blog 007-04 Saligo Bay, Islay
Karen Thorburn

How to Improve your Landscape Photography

Karen Thorburn shares her tips for taking better landscape photographs. If you've been following my recent posts, you'll know by now that my favourite topic to write about is my emotional attachment to the landscapes of Scotland. This month sees a ...

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